Thoughts: Meghan Trainor, “Better” featuring Yo Gotti


Meghan Trainor has released another single from her forthcoming, highly anticipated, sophomore album, Thank You. This time, she’s not saying “No,” but rather asserting she’s deserves “Better.” So, after listening to the relatively brief cut, how does it stack up? It’s interesting. “Better” has a dash of tropical influence, definitely something that we didn’t hear…

58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Pop Categories!


The Grammy nominations will be unveiled before we know it. Before they are, here’s a look at who might snag nominations in the pop categories. Yes, that means Taylor Swift is a factor. Here we go! Best Pop Solo Performance  Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” (1989) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My…

Early 2016 Grammy Nomination Predictions – October Edition  


  The Grammy nominations don’t occur until December, but folks are already beginning putting their two cents into who will be nominated when the time arrives. Billboard has already dropped a list of potential nominees, and we did so at the end of August (big categories) and early September (specific categories). So here we go…

If the Grammys Were Held In August… [Part 1]


  Let’s keep it short and sweet – if the Grammys were held in August, would these be the nominees. Here are some thoughts on the most coveted categories – Record, Album, and Song of the year, and Best New Artist!  Record of the Year Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!” Taylor Swift, “Bad…

Charlie Puth, Some Kind Of Love EP (Review)


Charlie Puth delivers solid introduction to the world with Some Kind Of Love Charlie Puth • Some Kind Of Love (EP) • Atlantic • Release Date: May 1, 2015 Few musicians have had a better year than Charlie Puth. Why? The pop/blue-eyed soul newcomer was the guest artist on one of the year’s biggest hits…

25 Chart Takeaways: Tyrese’s ‘Black Rose’ Takes Top Honors


Finally, “There’s A Bright Side Somewhere”… for R&B. Thanks to Tyrese, delivering one/if not the best album of his career, gave R&B that elusive #1 album after a year of struggles. But that’s not the only takeaway on the latest edition of the Billboard 200 – there are 24 more where that came from! 1)…

Is The Weeknd Poised For Breakout Success?


As of yet, 2015 seems to be The Weeknd’s year. Honestly, the R&B industry should be praying that it is indeed the year of Abel Tesfaye, as the genre hasn’t had its finest moments this year. All indications suggests that The Weeknd may be his most relevant within the bigger picture of the music industry…